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Catherine Maresca, Illustrated by Nathan Röhlander

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The sacrament of Baptism welcomes us into a community of faith and prepares us for life in God. Each gift received on the day of our Baptism will grow in meaning and purpose as we grow in faith. Using age-appropriate text and engaging illustrations, When You Were Baptized invites children to reflect on this sacrament through the rituals and symbols of the Baptismal rite: water, light, holy oil, God’s Word, and the baptismal garment. Each time they read When You Were Baptized, parents and their children will recall their baptismal day and form a loving bond around their memories of when they were welcomed into a community of Christian faith.

Writer Catherine Maresca is founder and director of the Center for Children and Theology in Washington, DC, where she researches the spiritual life of children and prepares resources for children and adults. She has been a catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 32 years at Christian Family Montessori School and has been training catechists since 1985.

Illustrator Nathan Röhlander is a fine artist and illustrator whose work has been featured on the cover of Coast Magazine, Esquire, and many other periodicals. Based in South Pasadena, California, Nathan began his career as a scenic artist for the entertainment industry—his art is featured in television shows such as “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy”; music videos for the bands Counting Crows, Collective Soul, and Lush; and commercials for the Super Bowl, Mountain Dew, Nike, and Lexus.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, informative picture book to help your young children understand more about the symbolism, character, and rite of Baptism, check out When You Were Baptized. . .
My little children were immediately captivated by this beautifully illustrated picture book which speaks directly to the child. . . This book with its simple explanations and overarching tone of welcoming the child into God’s family is true to the Catechesis [of the Good Shepherd] vision.
This lovely picture book would be a wonderful gift for a godparent to give at a Baptism, or even to commemorate the Baptismal day of an older child. It also makes a wonderful addition to any Catholic family’s picture book library. . . [It is] a much needed resource to reach families during what is often a “void” in faith formation and participation in the Church—those years between their child’s Baptism and sacrament prep for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
--Brittany Inzeo
Catholic Books Reviews and Book Lists
Reading When You Were Baptized together as a family is a simple yet meaningful way to help young children understand that they are loved, they are called by name, and they are an important part of God’s family. It is a story families can revisit as their child grows in understanding of God’s love and of belonging to a community of faith.
Through the beautiful art and child-friendly language, When You Were Baptized explains the words, actions, and symbols of Baptism in ways that relate to the child’s everyday experiences. The child is able to begin to understand the mysteries of God’s grace through the sacraments and to see the sacred in the ordinary.
As a DRE who works with children in kindergarten, first, and second grades, I would recommend also using this book in the RE classroom as a way to supplement lessons about Baptism and sacramental symbols.
Cathy Gilooly
Director of Religious Education
St. Anne Catholic Church, Oswego, IL
The extraordinary illustrations and explanations of Baptism symbols in this book brought our child's Baptism back to life. It provided meaningful connections to our everyday lives in a way that our child could understand when he gets older. We really enjoyed reading this book because it was informative as well as beautiful.
Christian and Ellen McDonough
Parents of nine-month-old son
Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, Colorado Springs, CO
When You Were Baptized is a beautiful resource to help parents and godparents reflect on the significance of the Sacrament of Baptism. They promise to raise the child in the faith, and this book assists with this promise. As they read this book with their child, they can help her grow in appreciation of the sacrament and of what happened on her own Baptismal day. The art and simple prose make this a lovely Baptism gift.
Mary McManus
Religious Education Coordinator
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Denver, CO
Catherine Maresca has given families a true gift with this lovely book. For years I have taught the lessons of Baptism in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. I am delighted that there is now a book that can help parents understand more fully how amazing the Sacrament of Baptism is. Whether parents are preparing to baptize a child or remember the day they did, this beautiful book captures the intimate experience of this sacrament.
Christine Ondrla
Director of Religious Education (Retired) and grandmother of eight grandchildren
Ascension Parish, Oak Park, IL
When You Were Baptized introduces very young children to the gift they have received in the Sacrament of Baptism. Its beautiful illustrations, carefully chosen words, and simple explanations make it a wonderful book for the young child in your life. The saints depicted in the stained glass windows are a cloud of witnesses, welcoming the child in the story—and your child—into the Body of Christ.
Kathryn Ball-Boruff
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist and former youth minister
Mother of three children ages zero to thirteen
Good Shepherd Montessori School, South Bend, IN
Cuando te bautizaron fortifies the family’s spiritual life and channels the values needed for a fulfilling life. Cuando te bautizaron is a reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Through its visuals, Cuando te bautizaron reaches one’s heart and its message speaks to the beauty of believing.
Ana and Enrique García Vega
Parents of two-year-old daughter
St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
I purchased the subject book as a gift and was delighted with the art, the solid liturgical commentary, the design and notes for parents.
--Maria Leonard
Chicago, IL